We’ve been super busy with workshops recently and as always I am so impressed with the beautiful jewellery our students produce. Here are some of the group photos with links to the FaceBook album where you can see the photos individually.
Shona – Introduction to Silversmithing – July 2014
It was Shona’s first visit to La Vidalerie, she chose a one to one workshop incorporating a silversmithing taster, wire work and stringing. She made some gorgeous silver studs & stacker rings as well as learning how to make wire wrapped loops and stringing.
And these lovely earrings Shona made with lampwork beads by Trudi at Glitteringprize (click on the image for Trudi’s Etsy shop).
Laura – Riveting, Chainmail and Wirework – July 2014
We were so pleased to have Laura back for her 3rd visit, she felt that she needed a creative break and chose a one to one workshop having the cottage to herself –
We had great fun with riveting, byzantine weave earrings, fold forming and sawing and a whole set of dangle rings.
And this is Laura’s fabulous crocodile pendant – drawn then sawn from silver sheet, textured and riveted.
Carolyn & Vicki – Mother & Daughter Break – July 2014
This was Carolyn & Vicky’s 2nd mother & daughter visit to La Vidalerie. Vicky has been silversmithing for about 3 years and Carolyn is a relative beginner. This time they wanted to explore more silversmithing, glass fusing, etching and riveting
It’s amazing how many techniques we used and the number of pieces they made – and we even had time to visit the night market at our local village St Geniez d’Olt and enjoy the fireworks (the night markets are run every other week in the season and the fireworks once or twice a year – both great fun and very French !
Jean & Joan – Wonderful Week of Jewellery – July 2014
It was Jean’s 2nd visit to La Vidalerie and she had booked a 3 day workshop but by Friday decided that 3 days just wasn’t enough and extended her stay – we were really pleased to see her again and glad to have the extra time. Joan wanted to expand her jewellery making to include stone setting and we all spent the week silversmithing, stone setting, fold forming, riveting, glass fusing and etching.
The music school was performing at the night market making the evening perfect.
Toral – Wonderful Week of Jewellery – August 2014
Toral came all the way from Jamaica via Canada for a week of jewellery making. She wanted to explore ways of using sea glass and to learn new jewellery making techniques. We had a great time with silversmithing, riveting, stringing and drilling glass and here are some of her wonderful creations.
Toral came for the jewellery making but took some wonderful photos whilst she was here – La Vidalerie and the beautiful countryside around us – please click on the photo to see the rest of this album.
she reminded us why we came to the Aveyron – Thank you Toral !
A Lampshade Dog !
Poor Choo Choo, he’s walking around bumping into things at the moment due to the lampshade he’s having to wear following his little operation to stop him making more little Choo Choos – The good news is the lampshade comes off soon and in the meantime he isn’t letting it stop him running around the garden and enjoying his walks.
We’re trying to convince him that all the best dogs are wearing them but I think the cats are making fun of him – darn ginges !